How to Measure Your Sled for Buying a Cover

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Snowmobiling can be an exhilarating activity, but without the right knowledge and equipment, it can quickly turn daunting. This guide will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of how to properly ride and maintain a snowmobile, select equipment from top industry brands, and safely transport and store your vehicle. From the thrill of the ride to the nitty-gritty of maintenance and gear selection, we have you covered. So, strap on your helmet and let’s dive in!

How to Measure Your Snowmobile for a Cover

To accurately measure your snowmobile for a cover, you’ll first need a measuring tape and a bit of patience. Start by placing one end of the tape at the front bumper, then extend it over the top of the windshield to the handlebars, and finish at the back bumper. It’s important to remember not to include the skids or front skis in your measurements, as they typically aren’t covered. Although a few covers on the market extend over the front skis, they’re quite rare. When the cover fits properly, it protects the paint, decals, and windshield from scratches or damage, making these measurements crucial. So take your time, double-check your figures, and you’ll be sure to find a cover that fits your snowmobile like a glove.

Common Mistakes People Make When Measuring Their Sled

Common errors can creep in when measuring your sled for a cover, often leading to a poor fit and inadequate protection.

One common mistake is neglecting to measure the full height of the windshield, which can result in a cover that’s too short. Another mistake can be measuring from the ground instead of the front bumper, causing the cover to bunch up in the front. Some people also make the error of including the skids or front skis in their measurements, which can lead to an ill-fitting cover that leaves parts of your sled exposed. These mistakes may seem minor, but they can make a big difference in finding

Another typical error is failing to account for any modifications made to your snowmobile, such as added storage racks or larger windshields, which can alter its dimensions. The shape and style of the sled may also affect the fit of the cover.

Five years ago, when I bought my first cover, I made a blunder: I measured my sled without considering the added height of my aftermarket ski loops, which led to a cover that sat too tightly and eventually tore at the stress point caused by the loops.

To avoid these mistakes, always measure carefully, consider any modifications, and account for the specific shape and style of your snowmobile.

Conclusion

In the realm of snowmobiling, precision is paramount – not only in riding, but also when it comes to choosing the right accessories, like the all-important cover. I’ve shared my experiences and the lessons I’ve learned, all with the hope of helping you avoid the pitfalls I’ve encountered. And remember, no matter what, always take the time to measure your sled carefully, consider any modifications, and account for its specific shape and style. It may seem tedious, but trust me, the extra effort will pay off in the long run and ensure you get just the right cover for your snowmobile. Here’s to a winter of happy and safe snowmobiling!

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Thomas Miller
My name is Thomas Miller. I have been riding snowmobiles for the past 10 years and I'm completely in love with snowmobiling because it's fun, relaxing, and a great workout.